Alarplasty or Nostril Surgery Sydney NSW

Nostril Surgery, also known as Alarplasty or Alar Base Reduction is a procedure that can re-position wide nostrils. Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) performs this procedure in his clinics in Sydney NSW, he can help reshape and reposition your nostrils so they are balanced with other facial features.

What is an Alarplasty?

Alarplasty or alar trimming is a surgical procedure that reduces the size and width of your nostrils. Alarplasty is one of the most common nose procedures in people of ethnicity and those who are not happy with how their nose fits their face. Dr Scott Turner can help you achieve narrower nostrils.

What Are The Benefits Of Nostril Surgery?

Nose surgery or alarplasty has many benefits to offer to patients with wide noses or wide nostrils:

  • Symmetrical nostrils
  • Improved function of the nose – easier breathing
  • Better facial balance – alarplasty restores the proportions of your face

About the Alarplasty Procedure

After the initial consultation Dr Scott Turner, may suggest a nostril reduction procedure. Once in the surgical theatre, Dr Turner will mark exactly where the incisions go. As many surgeons agree, proper planning is the key to a successful alarplasty procedure since knowing the face’s contours and proportions is crucial for a better-looking nose.

Once the markings are in place, he will proceed to remove a wedge of the nostrils at the very base of the nose. This way, the incisions will be hidden by the face’s natural contour and will be unnoticeable. Dr Turner will then remove the wedge of the nostril tissue and continue with the sutures. The entire Alarplasty procedure usually takes less than 1 hour.

Dr Scott Turner, will place the sutures both inside and outside the nostril. The internal sutures are long-lasting absorbable sutures and will fall off on their own after several weeks or even months. The external sutures will stay in place for one to two weeks and will fall off on their own as well. In most Alarplasty procedures, there is no need for the surgeon to remove the sutures, which significantly improves the aftercare and reduces any discomfort that you may feel. You will be released that same day.

Recovery After Alarplasty

Alarplasty recovery is short, and there is almost no discomfort. What you can expect during nostril reduction recovery:

  • After 24-48 hours, you will be able to return to your everyday duties,
  • After a week, your specialized plastic surgeon will remove the sutures if they are non-dissolvable sutures for alarplasty. If they are self-dissolvable, they will fall off on their own.
  • After 10-14 days, most alarplasty patients return to work,
  • After two weeks, you can resume exercise and almost all activities,
  • After one month, you can return to more strenuous activities, such as lifting and swimming.

Your Alarplasty recovery timeline may differ. Always consult your surgeon with any concerns you may have.

Minimising Scars After Alarplasty

To minimize scars after Alarplasty, you should:

  • Take good care of your mind and body avoid an unhealthy diet, smoking, excessive alcohol drinking.
  • Having too much nose movement in the few days after nostril reduction surgery can have detrimental effect on your optimal recovery and your scar.
  • Keep the scar clean and well moisturized.
  • Use a silicone-based scar cream
  • Use SPF 30+ whenever you head out. Do not expose the scar to direct sunlight.

Am I A Good Candidate For Nostril Surgery?

You may be a good candidate for nose surgery if you:

  • Do not have problems with the internal function of your nose
  • Are satisfied with the look of your face but have wide or narrow nostrils
  • You think that the inside of your nostrils can be seen during a conversation or when you smile or laugh
  • You think that your nostrils are too wide and would like to reduce them
  • You are a non-smoker or are willing to quit several weeks before and after your alarplasty

Risk & Complications Of Nostril Surgery

As with any surgery, it is important that you are fully informed of the potential risks associated with nose surgery. While all care is taken to minimize these complications, they may and do occur despite the best medical care.

It is important that you carefully read and understand the potential risks and they will be discussed in further detail when you have your consultation with Dr Turner.